A NEW membership category has been introduced by the Lothians Golf Association to try and encourage small non course-owning clubs back into events.
According to president Allan Shaw, the figure for such clubs actively taking part in LGA events has dropped from 55 to 40 in recent years.
Now, following a proposal passed at the recent annual general meeting, clubs can join the LGA without also having to stump a Scottish Golf subscription as well. Classed as a Non-SGL Affiliated Society, they would be eligible to enter members in the Champion of Champions, Handicap Match Play, the Non Course-Owning Team Tournament and the Sivewright Trophy.
“Most of the 15 missing clubs are still going so it’s reasonable to assume it has been down to cost of being a member of both the Lothians and Scottish Golf that they’ve stopped playing in our events,” said Shaw.
“Introducing this new membership category, which will be £30 for non course-owning clubs, means they don’t need to be a member of Scottish Golf, the only benefits of which really are a monthly newsletter and entry into the Belhaven-sponsored events.
“We want to try and attract some of these smaller clubs back into Lothians events.”